Oct 6, 2014

War is hell / Violence sucks

“The practice of violence changes the world, but the most probable change is a more violent world." Hannah Arendt 


The Fugs – Kill For Peace (W.R.: Mysteries of the Organism, 1971)

“Violence is not only undesirable in itself, it generates panic (and thus manipulability) and promotes militaristic (and thus hierarchical) organization. Nonviolence entails more open and democratic organization; it tends to foster composure and compassion and to break the miserable cycle of hatred and revenge." Ken Knabb

“It [nonviolence] has been marginalized because it is one of the rare truly revolutionary ideas, an idea that seeks to completely change the nature of society, a threat to the established order. And it has always been treated as something profoundly dangerous." Mark Kurlansky

Neos Hassibah Gets The Martian Brain Squeeze EP (Alandhiscar Records, ‎1982)

Neos – Opposition To All Violence, Even If Commited In Self Defense
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“War is no more adapted to preserve liberty and produce a lasting peace than midnight darkness is to produce noonday light." David Low Dodge

“To kill one man is to be guilty of a capital crime, to kill ten men is to increase the guilt ten-fold, to kill a hundred men is to increase it a hundred-fold. This the rulers of the earth all recognize and yet when it comes to the greatest crime — waging war on another state — they praise it!" Mozi

Suicide in the Trenches (Siegfried Sassoon, 1918)
I knew a simple soldier boy
Who grinned at life in empty joy,
Slept soundly through the lonesome dark,
And whistled early with the lark.
In winter trenches, cowed and glum,
With crumps and lice and lack of rum,
He put a bullet through his brain.
No one spoke of him again.
You smug-faced crowds with kindling eye
Who cheer when soldier lads march by,
Sneak home and pray you'll never know
The hell where youth and laughter go.

UK Decay ‎For My Country / Unwind 7" (Fresh Records, 1980)

UK Decay – For My Country

“Every ‘blood and iron’ type of governor fears nonviolent resistance so much that he secretly hires so-called ‘agents provocateurs’ who go among the nonviolent resisters pretending to be of them, and invite them to deeds of violence…" Richard Gregg

“The kind of pacifism that does not actively combat the war preparations of the governments is powerless and will always stay powerless. Would that the conscience and common sese of the people awaken!" Albert Einstein

Ill Repute What Happens Next 12" (Mystic Records, 1984)

Ill Repute – Turn The Guns Around

“I think war, and the fact we kill each other over border disputes and who's got the best god, is an absolute abomination. It's not civilised behaviour at all. It's an outgrowth of the old 'big fish eat the little fish' primitive existence, and we humans have to grow past that." Edgar Mitchell

“Civilization is peace, barbarism is war." Frédéric Passy


Minutemen – King Of The Hill

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For further reading, please check out Bertha von Suttner's Lay Down Your Arms; Erich Maria Remarque's All Quiet on the Western Front; and Jacques Tardi's Goddamn This War! and It Was the War of the Trenches.